SFB Seminar Series 2018
ZEW-SFB Public Finance Conference

4th FHM Development Economics Workshop
Workshop on Probability-Based an Nonprobability Survey Research
Workshop on Crisis Corporatism or Corporatism in Crisis? Social Concertation and Social Pacts in Europe
Workshop on Understanding Policy Preferences Using Experimental Methods

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SFB Seminar Series 2018

Details about the seminars can be found in our archive here.

Overview of Seminars in 2018

February 5: Marko Klasnja, Georgetown University
February 16: Florian Foos, King's College London
February 19: Zoe Kühn, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 
March 5: Carlo M. Horz, IAST - The Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse
March 19: Marta Curto-Graum, Universitat de Barcelona
April 12: Wouter Verbeke, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
April 23: Michelle Taylor-Robinson, Texas AM University
May 12: Livia Isabella Schubiger, London School of Economics and Political Science
May 28: Nina Wiesehomeier, School of International Relations in Madrid
August 20: Stephan Schlosser, Universität Göttingen
September 10: Michael Zilis, University of Kentucky
September 24: Seungmin Kuk - Washington University in St. Louis
Oktober 8: Macartan Humphreys - Columbia University New York
Oktober 15: Lianne Ippel - Maastricht University
November 5: Claire S.H. Lim - Queen Mary University of London
November 26:
Dr. Joachim Wehner - LSE (London School of Economics)
November 28: Clotilde Mahe - University of Maastricht
November 29: Lukas F. Stoetzer - University of Zurich
December 3: Dimitrios Xefteris - University of Cyprus
December 10: Jorg Spenkuch - Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
December 11: Valentin Gold - Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
December 13: David Fortunato - Texas AM University

4th FHM Development Economics Workshop

ZEW-SFB Public Finance Conference

The theme of the 2018 conference was fiscal policy coordination in Europe. The keynote lectures of Agnès Bénassy-Quéré (Paris School of Economics) and Martin Hellwig (MPI Bonn) were centered on this topic. However, the conference included many contributions of other fields of public economics and political economy.

The Conference takes place at ZEW in Mannheim, Germany, on 23-24 April, 2018. Click here to have a look at the conference schedule and here to read the report.

Workshop on Probability-Based and Nonprobability Survey Research

This  workshop  brought together  experts  on  probability-based  and  nonprobability  survey  research  to discuss the latest developments and foster international collaborations.
We are happy to announce that the workshop will include a keynote speech by Jon Krosnick
(Stanford University). Furthermore, we are working with the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology on a call for papers to a special issue on the workshop topic. Accepted contributed papers will be presented at the workshop at the University of Mannheim on June 25-26, 2018.

Presentations should  address  methodological  issues related to  probability-based and  nonprobability  survey  data.
For more Information please have a look here.

Workshop on Crisis Corporatism or Corporatism in Crisis? Social Concertation and Social Pacts in Europe

4-6 September 2018

Universität Mannheim, A 5,6; Raum A231 / B316,


Research question/goal:

Labour relations in Germany and several other European countries have been marked by longstanding social partnership. This, however, has been challenged in recent decades with uncertain consequences for political economies and organized interests. Accordingly, this project seeks to disentangle analytical and political debates about the viability of organized capitalism. First, the project explores the question if, and if so how and why, the recent economic crisis has altered Germany’s labour relations and the social partners’ relations with the government. Second, it analyses the cross-national variation in the involvement of the social partners in governmental crisis politics in Europe, and it also investigates the subsequent effects on policy contents and organized interests for selected countries. Both project parts rely on an innovative mix of research methods and generate valuable empirical findings that will contribute to evaluating debates on institutional and organizational change of labour relations and welfare states.

By the way:

In October 2017, the project team and international collaborators met for a first workshop in Mannheim, discussing the theoretical framework for defining and operationalizing social pacts and social concertation. The project is currently at the stage of data collection and preliminary analyses for the systematic cross-national comparison as well as preparing the in-depth case studies of the selected countries.

Detailed Workshop Schedule

Workshop on Understanding Policy Preferences Using Experimental Methods

17-18 December 2018

Universität Mannheim, B6, 30-32


The aim of the workshop is to improve the understanding of the formation of policy preferences and of public opinion towards policies. The workshop has a focus on related papers using survey experiments. We also encourage submissions that use randomized field and lab experiments. Moreover, methodological contributions on these empirical approaches are also welcome. We welcome contributions from all social sciences which study preference formation using causal inference. The keynote will be delivered by Stefanie Stantcheva (Harvard University).

Both full papers and ongoing projects are welcome. We also offer the opportunity to present posters for ongoing projects as well as experimental protocols to receive early feedback. Please submit your paper, extended abstract or experimental protocol via email to surveyworkshop@zew.de. Deadline for submissions is 14 September 2018.

For more information please click here.